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Inside Ladurée’s whimsical Tokyo tea salon

It’s one of those spaces that must be seen to be believed. Ladurée’s new salon de thé in Tokyo is a whimsical display of colour, candy and cutesy.

With stores in Geneva and Los Angeles, the macaron and pastry specialist India Madhavi poured her creative vision into this new dessert cafe.

The interior details see grey and white chequered marble flooring, bespoke scalloped velvet furniture, blown glass lamps, and generous serves of lime-green and candy pink throughout.

One things’s for sure: if we had all the money (and time) in the world, we’d fly mum here for Mother’s Day high tea. But for now, we can dream on by exploring the images of this quaint Parisian cafe in thriving Tokyo…

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Inside the vibrant new Hoxton Hotel, Paris

The Hoxton hotel brand is designed for the style savvy. With offerings in Shoreditch, Holborn and Amsterdam, the doors have now opened to Hoxton’s Paris incarnation.

It’s the largest of all the Hoxton hotels yet, and comes complete with a brasserie, a cocktail bar and 172 guest-rooms. History and modern living come together in this 18th century building. In fact, the facade is so exemplary of rococo architecture that the French state have declared it a ‘monument historique’.

Inside, two 300-year-old staircases sweep your eye updates towards exposed timber beams and intricate cornices. There’s a strong sense of indoor-outdoor flow, with an internal courtyard’s cobbled ground juxtaposed with plush velvet lounges in punchy colours.
Graphical artwork and bedspreads, the tangerine tones repeated throughout and the leather bedheads lend a modern feel to the hotel, while the parquetry floors and wall panelling remind us of the building’s past. Take a look…

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Celebrity insider: Kelly Wearstler’s Beverly Hills home

It’s a Hollywood mansion with equal measures of old world glamour and contemporary style. That’s no surprise, as this home belongs to style powerhouse Kelly Wearstler.  The American designer and businesswoman has designed homes for celebrities including Cameron Diaz and Gwen Stefani.

When it came to her own home, the 1.3 hectare estate in Beverly Hills, Wearstler was careful to respect the heritage of the home. She introduced signature furniture pieces from her self-named Kelly Wearstler store, including her black leather-and-bronze Elliott chairs and striped Durant sofa, both which highlight the home’s grand proportions.

Outside, the pool area has the feel of a resort: plush lounge chairs, manicured gardens and oversized umbrellas. It’s a home fit for a style queen of the modern era, while still feeling very much old world Hollywood. Take a look…

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Celebrity Insider: Nicky Hilton Rothschild’s Manhattan home

The first thing that strikes us about Nicky Hilton and husband James Rothschild’s home is the extensive use of colour. Blues and reds are confidently used throughout the Manhattan penthouse.

The sitting room sees painted red walls paired with a red fabric lounge suite and tens of art-pieces covering the walls, while the drawing room has a blue rug, blue lounge suite and blue de Gournay cherry-blossom wallpaper, again with art-pieces across most of the walls. Both spaces are examples of the ‘more is more’ maximalist approach to design.

Nicky says she gave her husband the lead when it came to the interiors; herself just adding small touches along the way. However, there was one room where Nicky took charge: her daughter’s nursery, which includes Pottery Barn furniture, a colourful felt-ball rug and sky-blue walls.

A home for their two children, Lily-Grace and Teddy Marilyn – the design needed to be practical enough for little ones. While there are many family heirlooms from James’ English family home, no room is ‘off limits’ to the kids.

Stand-out decor pieces include the Holland & Sherry wool-covered Howard sofa – a piece handed down from James’ family and upholstered by the couple, a bright turquoise oval gesso-and-kaolin painting by Elliott Puckette and an antique marble mantelpiece.

Take a look…

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Images from Architectural Digest, from here.

 

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Inside the colourful Room Mate Emir, Turkey

Room Mate Hotels’ latest property is certainly intriguing. The entrance of Room Mate Emir, in Istanbul, is bathed in a candy neon glow, which evaporates as one moves through to the softer-toned in-house restaurant and soothing suites. This contrast between daringly new and old is played on throughout the 27-room boutique hotel.

The period facade of the building has been retained, while the interiors – designed by Spanish designer Lázaro Rosa Violá – see a mix of avant-garde and classical influences.

Parquet floors contrast with kaleidoscopic black and white tiles; exposed brick walls counter the glossy subway tiles; ornamental painted ceilings juxtapose the mirrored ceilings; and the plush, candy pink furniture is the antithesis of the strong, black leather pieces.

The result is an unusual and chic space, with the hotel describing it as offering “the warm hospitality of a friend”. Take a look…

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Images from here.

 

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What’s new in the world of design: April 2018

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Artist Jade Oakley brings nature-inspired art to Westfield Parramatta

Who said shopping centre escalators had to be void of design?

In a very subtle way, Westfield Parramatta, in NSW, now features public art on one of the most-used parts of the building: the escalator.

Working with Creative Group and artist Jade Oakley, two large scale integrated artworks can now be seen at the newly refurbished Westfield centre.

Made from Alucobond and treated in a custom shimmering treatment by fabricator Axolotl, the art features an “etched relief of the forest canopy” along with panels that are embellished with perforated leaf screens. The result is subtle, elegant and enchanting.

In the words of the artist Jade Oakley:

 “I was amazed to find Lake Parramatta, tucked in behind a busy road, with some really beautiful original forest around it, including towering gum trees and mossy glades with trickling streams and tree ferns. I spent a day there sketching and photographing and thinking. These artworks sprang from this encounter with a surprising pocket of nature in a busy part of Sydney.”

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Images above: Jade Oakley – “Looking Up”. Photography: Simon Wood. Westfield Paramatta, NSW via Creative Road.

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Inside Bobbi Brown’s latest project: George Inn

We have explored the coastal retreat of make up artist turned entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, and now we have the chance to see inside her newest project. Partnering up with husband Steven Plofker, the couple have opened a 32-room hotel called the George Inn.

The property was built in 1902 as a private home for Charles Van Vleck and was later converted into ‘The Georgian Inn’: a hotel for short-term stays. After purchasing the Montclair, New Jersey, property, Bobbi and Steven set to work reimagining the interiors.

The rooms are eclectic, with a decidedly international appeal. Red and navy are used as colour accents – and this is by no accident.
British and American memorabilia decorate the space – including cushions covered in Union Jack fabric, tartan-covered headboards and images of Shirley Temple and J.F. Kennedy.
Pairing high end pieces with quirky finds, and brick walls left exposed to create an industrial vibe, the result is a chic and inviting home away from home. Take a look…

Images from here, here and here by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane.

 

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What’s new in the world of design: March 2018

Innovation, colour and play are at the heart of this month’s global design wrap. New releases, new materials and new concepts take centre-stage as we look around the world at the best and latest in design. From precious phone covers, to quirky pop up markets – take a look…

Tom Dixon’s new additions to SUPER TEXTURE

This year’s Maison et Objet saw a host of additions to legendary designer Tom Dixon’s limited edition textile range: SUPER TEXTURE. New weaves, patterns and colours were introduced via three new categories: ‘ABSTRACT’, ‘PAINT’ and ‘GEO’, while new designs were added to the ‘SOFT’ and ‘BOUCLE’ ranges. In particular, the PAINT range grabs our attention with its abstract watercolour designs created by Josephine Ortega and inspired by “scenes of British urbanism”.

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Roxxlyn iPhone covers

Granite, quartz and marble are popular choices for luxury home finishes, but have you ever considered protecting your phone with these ‘rock solid’ materials? Well now you can. Roxxlyn has replaced the typical plastic and rubber phone cases with quarried minerals as old as 350 million years. Now your phone cover can be as precious as the data it protects.

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Bisazza 2018 Collection

Bisazza launched its 2018 Collection with new Mosaics, Wood, Ceramics and Cementiles designs, including a collection dedicated entirely to pools and centered around floral designs to contemporary abstracts. Highlights include new designs for the Cementiles flooring collection by American architect and set designer David Rockwell, and nature-inspired mosaic décors by Australian designer Greg Natale. One of our favourites in this year’s collection is the Onde 20 Blu, which was created using an original design by Emilio Pucci (pictured last in the series of images below).

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Marni Market
Luxury brand Marni is bringing quirkiness and excitement to Paris, with its ‘Marni Market’ pop up shop. Over the course of five months, the market will continuously reinvent itself, with exclusive products on show. Until mid April, ‘Marni Playful Market’ invites visitors to throw away the design rule book as they discover playful toys, objects and furniture on show – many designed purely for aesthetic rather than function. Then, from mid-April until mid-May, the ‘Marni House Market’ will take over, with wooden, metal and PVC filling the space and showcasing the result of craftsmanship and creativity colliding.
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The best eateries to indulge at this Easter

Easter has become synonymous with indulging. Whether it’s a chocolate egg hunt, a pavlova shared among family or seeking out the most extravagant desserts around the world, we all have our favourite way to celebrate. To inspire you this Easter, we have explored three of the most memorable dessert destinations from around the world. Take a look…

Elan Cafe, London

An Instagrammer’s heaven, Elan Cafe is chic and contemporary. Across the two London locations, pastel tones and plush velvet make up the basis of the interiors, with brass accents and white wash floors. When it comes to the menu, take your pick from options including ‘Chocolate Tonka Tartlet’ and ‘Millionaire Shortbread’.

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Compartes, Los Angeles

LA-based chocolatier Jonathan Graham worked with architects AAmp Studio to create this little slice of heaven. Taking inspiration from the brand’s packaging and the chocolate bars themselves, the team created an interiors concept that focusses on the use of triangles.

The triangular marble counter is decorated in black and white triangular tiles. The interiors are kept black and white in colour, which allows the colourful packaging to do all the talking. The shelves display the colourful edges and fronts of the chocolate bars, which look more like graphical artworks.

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Tiny Temptress, Malaysia

Lucky Malaysians have the Tiny Temptress to fix their sweet cravings this Easter. With two locations, this artisan patisserie serves up macarons, cakes and sweet treats full of novelty and playfulness. The interiors are equally sweet: lots of blush pink and marble that looks like it could almost be swirls of icing.

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Celebrity Insider: Jennifer Aniston’s midcentury LA home

This star’s home is centered around midcentury design principles, but it has a decidedly oriental twist. Actress Jennifer Anniston and her husband Justin Theroux – an actor and screenwriter – purchased the Los Angeles home in 2011.

The property was designed by architect A. Quincy Jones, who was known for his modernist style, with the build completed in 1965. Seeing the home’s promise, but not in love with the existing interiors, Jennifer brought in interior designer Stephen Shadley to help her reimagine the home, while respecting the existing midcentury elements.

Natural materials like wood, stone and bronze form the basis of the home and feel strong and grounded. These are complemented by more detailed and decorative touches, such as antique furniture including a vintage rosewood sideboard, and art from across the centuries.

The midcentury heritage of the home is embraced, with 20th furniture selected, including pieces by Fritz Hansen and Don S. Shoemaker. What makes the home so unique, is the blend of this furniture with finer features such as the hand-painted wallpaper, silk rugs and antique Japanese screens, which add an oriental touch. Then of course, there’s the custom Calacatta marble free-standing bath in the master bathroom, which overlooks a private courtyard and is certainly fit for a star!

When it came to the gardens, Jennifer enlisted Marcello Villano and Anne Attinger to create Asian-inspired zones, with the pool becoming the centrepiece outside and a perfect spot to soak up the surrounds.

Take a look…

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